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DHA provides free medical assistance to more than 800 patients in 2014

The Dubai Health Authority’s ( DHA’s) Mosaadah (assistance) program, which aims to provide medical treatment to patients with financial constraints, received more than AED 11 million in donations in 2014.

The donation helped provide medical assistance to 891 patients with financial difficulties.

The Mosaadah program, is one of the key initiatives of the Community and Humanitarian Services Department of the DHA. Through this program, the authority reaches out to both locals and non-locals who require medical treatment but cannot afford it.

Salim bin Lahej, director of the community and humanitarian services section at the DHA, said: “Since the inception of this program in 2012, we have come a long way and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who donated and volunteered. They have made a tremendous difference to the lives of these patients, several of whom are battling chronic-conditions but do not have the means to seek treatment.”

He said in 2012 the program helped collect AED 473,322, in 2013 the program collected AED 2,879,849 and in 2014, the program received donations worth AED 11,894,696.

In 2012, the program reached out to 299 patients, 497 patients benefitted from this program in 2013 and 891 patients in 2014.

In terms of nationalities, in 2012, patients belonged to 34 nationalities, in 2013 the number increased to 40 and in 2014, the program helped patients from 46 nationalities.

In terms of services offered, Bin Lahej, said: ” The program offers a variety of medical services and often patients need multiple services. The program covers the cost of surgeries, medication, one-time medical assistance, hospital stay, x-rays and other diagnostic tests, physiotherapy etc.”

He added that in 2014, of the 891 patients treated, 162 needed surgeries, 124 patients were provided one-time medical assistance and 145 patients received medications.

Bin Lahej said: ” Often the cost of medications is quite expensive. For example, patients seeking blindness prevention treatment require four to five injections over a course of few months and each injection is AED 10,000. Patients undergoing chemotherapy require several cycles of treatment and each cycle costs approximately AED 8,000.

“Our aim is to ensure that lack of funds does not get in their way, so that patients particularly those with chronic diseases, are able to complete the course of their treatment and be as healthy as possible.”

He said patients with various medical conditions including burns, cardiac problems, cancer patients etc. are provided treatment through this initiative.

Ahmed Ibrahim Alasad, Team leader of the community and humaniatian services section at the DHA, added, that in 2014, in addition to provision of treatment, the program provided medical equipment worth AED 211,000 to these patients.

Seventeen patients received medical beds worth AED 79,700, eight patients were provided with oxygen cylinders worth AED 40,100, wheelchairs worth AED 32,000 were provided to 11 patients , one patient needed a custom-made prosthetic arm worth AED 9500.

The organisations that helped raise donations in 2014 included: Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, Beit Al Khair, Dar Al Bar, Dubai Charity, Union Coop, Dubai Islamic bank Humanitarian Foundation, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Axios International. In addition to this, the program received donations from several individuals.

Those interested to volunteer and/or donate, may contact representatives of the Mosaadah program at 009714 2197474.